I have volunteer pumpkins

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Dor

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These volunteers are from the pumpkins I had on my front porch for Halloween that my 4 year old grandson Jaylen stepped on.
 

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Kya D

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Yeah Jaylen!!!!!!!!
You go son. you did a great job helping Grandma plant the garden
 

Dor

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Dawn these are in my front flower bed surrounded by my cement front porch. I need to get some hay so the pumpkins will have something soft to lay on. I have seen 4 already and the bees were on the flowers this morning. So I am expected more.
 

Randy

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I know I will have some volunteers also as I had about 30 pumpkins left in the garden. Some were going to go south, but we could never get 'cheap' transportation arranged.
 

Dor

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My first pumpkin

Here's my first pumpkin. My vines are overtaking the front walkway so much that I will have to cut them back soon.
 

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Alan in Vermont

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I was thinking how it was really early to be forming fruit on pumpkin vines, then I noticed where you are located,, DUH! The volunteer cucurbits I'm dealing with are Jack-B-Little pumpkins and small decorative gourds. The nasty buggers are taking over quite a patch of ground. I thought about dumping then, en masse, over the bank last fall, now I wish I had. Worst thing is that there are way more seeds sprouting where I planted cantalopes than there were seeds planted. I'll have to wait until the second leaves form so I can the good from the bad. The masses of them that are popping up elsewhere are about to meet the kiss of death.
 

Dor

Active Member
I was thinking how it was really early to be forming fruit on pumpkin vines, then I noticed where you are located,, DUH! The volunteer cucurbits I'm dealing with are Jack-B-Little pumpkins and small decorative gourds. The nasty buggers are taking over quite a patch of ground. I thought about dumping then, en masse, over the bank last fall, now I wish I had. Worst thing is that there are way more seeds sprouting where I planted cantalopes than there were seeds planted. I'll have to wait until the second leaves form so I can the good from the bad. The masses of them that are popping up elsewhere are about to meet the kiss of death.

Yes, here in Texas we have a very early and a very long growing season but the down side is that we have the hot summer.
 

Randy

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They aren't showing yet, but I will have many volunteers. Last year I wanted to put stakes into the ground so I would know where to water, but the vines were so dense that I couldn't locate the root area of a couple of the hills. This year, I am going to drive a steel post in the center of each hill and that will locate the seeding area and also indicate where to concentrate watering once the vines cover everything up.
 

Crabbergirl

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I love the volunteers! I always let them grow where they come up as that must be the perfect place;)
 

Randy

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I got the rest of my garden planted yesterday while it wasn't raining. The sky was overcast but I started working on the garden as soon as I got home from the nursing home and finished a little before I had to leave for a meeting. I'm a bit sore today, but that will pass.
 


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